Arsenal Step Up Attempts to Land England International Defender

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Gunners need more bodies at the back at the Emirates. 

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Arsenal are still keen on signing utility Manchester City defender Micah Richards this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The north London club are currently in the midst of a major injury crisis at the back after just one game of the new Premier League season, which they surprisingly lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

Going into that top-flight opener, head coach Arsene Wenger was already without the likes of first-choice defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal through injury, while the Frenchman then lost key centre-back Laurent Koscielny to a second-half red card to further complicate matters.

And as a result, the Gunners now want to bring City’s some-time England international to the Emirates before the summer transfer window closes for business for the year on Sept 2, with the club said to be confident of being able to persuade both City and the right back himself to make the move south.

The 25-year-old has only been a bit-part player in the north west in recent seasons under previous boss Roberto Mancini, with Richards making just the eight appearances in total in all competitions under the Italian in the previous campaign, seven of which came in the Premier League.

And with a contract at Eastlands that now only runs until 2015, Arsenal are hopeful of being able to land Richards for a cut-price fee this summer.

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